I have to say, from a detached, sociological standpoint, it’s rather interesting to watch the familial evolution going on around here. Every day it’s another step towards adaptation, towards coping, towards acceptance.
None of us are really sure still what we’re doing or how to handle this. DC still has no clue what’s going on around her. I’m sure every day is rather scary for her, filled with new sights and sounds. All she can cling to is what hopefully are now familiar people who keep popping up through her day.
The cats are still trying to deal with the noise and my lack of free lap at times. They HATE the noise. All three react in different ways…the most amusing being Kieran, who’s trying to get my attention to get me to stop the baby from crying…as if I didn’t notice her screaming in my arms.
Lastly though, there’s the parents here. We’re continually trying to figure out what we’re supposed to be doing and how to deal with this massive change. Coming from two vastly different viewpoints on the situation, it’s difficult. When the positive locks horns with the negative, who’s going to win? It’s give and take every day. Sometimes we take a step in a happy direction, other times not so much. But each day we start up new.
It’s interesting. Very interesting.
Today starts the American Library Association’s annual Banned Books Week. Held the last week of September, its purpose is to help libraries, teachers, and bookstores to bring awareness to the harm that censorship can bring to our society. Thought I’d post this in honor of the ordering of my Kindle ebook reader today.
When I look down the list of most challenged books in the last decade, you see books like “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain, “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, and even the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. What’s wrong with these books? The first two deal with social issues, the last set is fantasy.
Reading broadens your mind, exposes you to different worlds and cultures, expands your knowledge, and gives you an escape from harsh realities into fantastic and fanciful worlds. And those are what people are afraid of. Many people fear ideas and beliefs that differ from their own. They want the world to be cookie-cutter. They want everyone to think, believe, live, and breath the same.
I won’t live like that. And I most certainly won’t raise my child like that.
They even have “A Wrinkle In Time” by Madeline L’Engle on the list. I love that book. I can’t wait to read that series to DC the way my mom read it to me.
Those of us in the intellectual open minded majority must be vigilant, or we will loose our world to the control of the ignorant few. Never underestimate the power of the written word. And also, never underestimate they power of ignorant people in groups. They’ll take away your rights in the blink of an eye if you let them. Don’t let them.
Banned Books Week : http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/banned/bannedbooksweek/index.cfm
Top 100 Challenged Books in the Past Decade: http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/banned/frequentlychallenged/challengedbydecade/2000_2009/index.cfm
Anybody else notice a weird white film on the dishes coming out of the dishwasher? Started in the last month or so? Anyone?
I read an article today, apparently it was in the New York Times over the weekend….I read it online. I’m not that stuffy to read the NYT. In fact, I don’t read newspapers at all…don’t like the ink transfer….but I digress….
NYT. Yes. Article. Where was I?
So apparently a bunch of states had laws go into effect in July, that lowered the amount of phosphates allowed in dishwasher detergent. This is to keep the phosphates from washing into the drinking water etc. etc. Because of the laws, alot of detergent manufacturers have changed the chemical makeup of their product to lower the phosphates.
What this means, is that, like with most Green cleaning products….they don’t work nearly as well.
So yes. I’m left with a nice white chalky film on my dishes. I’ve been trying to figure out what the heck this was for weeks. I hadn’t changed detergents (ha ha). I’d added a rinse agent for plastics. I was washing bottles. So either the rinse agent was doing it…or the dishwasher was breaking….or this was formula from the bottles. Couldn’t be the detergent.
You know, I’m all for saving the environment. I cry every time I think about how few tigers there are left in the world. But I would really like some of this to be my CHOICE. Or give me a little warning, at least. You know, a news article about how we’re all going to have to hand wash our dishes before using the dishwasher now…that would have been a nice heads up, you know? Instead, now I have to start doing some research to find a detergent that rinses clean without additional intervention from me. That’s more work for me. I already tried running the dishwasher with an additional rinse cycle, and that didn’t help. (And I’m sure that was oh so much more environmentally friendly.)
Ick. I’m even left with a chalky residue on my hands when I put the dishes away and assemble DC’s bottles. And my kid has to drink that stuff? *shudder*